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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Packers, Milwaukee County Parks, team up for playground equipment


The Green Bay Packers and NFL are giving a donation for a new playground at Smith Park through a partnership between the Milwaukee County Parks, United Way, the Packers and the NFL.

Green Bay Packers players and outreach staff along with Milwaukee County Parks staff, United Way staff, and schoolchildren will participate in the playground installation as part of the NFL/United Way "Hometown Huddle" day of service, Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Packers players scheduled to attend are Brandon Bostick, BJ Coleman, Andrew Datko and Greg Van Roten.

Smith Park, 5462 N. 33 St., was selected by representatives of the Packers, United Way, MN/WI Playgrounds and the Milwaukee County Parks Department to take advantage of the collaborative project which will provide an innovative playground, including five major components and swings.

Milwaukee County Parks staff have already removed the existing play unit and are salvaging any materials that may be reused in the park system. Materials that cannot be reused will be recycled.

This is the first year that the Packers will focus the NFL/United Way "Hometown Huddle" in Milwaukee County. The Hometown Huddle allows teams to showcase their collective support for NFL PLAY 60 through playground and indoor fitness zone builds and hosting health and wellness activities for youth in local communities. NFL PLAY 60 encourages children to be active for 60 minutes every day to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity.

For more information on Milwaukee County Playground locations please go to countyparks.com and search "Tot Lots" or click here.


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